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Springwell Leeds Care Team Leader

Care Team Leader

Key Info

Duration of Post: Permanent
Work Commitment: Term time plus 10 days (40 weeks)
Salary: Pt 27 - 32. £31,895 to £36,671 FTE (£28,102 to £32,046 Actual)
Published on: July 4, 2022
Closing Date: July 13, 2022
Interview Date: July 19, 2022

Part of Wellspring Academy Trust, Springwell Leeds is a multi-site, city-wide specialist provision for children with SEMH needs .Exciting opportunities are available for people looking for a fresh challenge in an inspiring learning environment where we provide children aged 5-16 with specialist teaching and learning.

The posts will suit candidates who have the commitment, passion and resilience to make a difference to pupils who have a range of social, emotional, mental health and special educational needs. Our unique position as an SEMH through-school means we are able to have a long-term and lasting impact on the children in our care. We aim to be the ‘forever school’ for children who come to us for their education.

We are a trauma-informed school, and staff use this expert knowledge in their daily work. We believe in the power of unconditional positive regard and restorative practice and incorporate this in everything we do. These approaches work hand in hand with a nurturing curriculum to give our students secure foundations rooted in relationships. Working at Springwell offers challenge and reward in equal measures, as we work together to regulate students with varying levels of SEMH need, allowing them to access learning.

The Post

The post of Care Team Leader is a key post in leading and coordinating behaviour, attendance and safeguarding systems on site. You would be working closely with students, parents, staff and outside agencies on a daily basis and will need to be able to form excellent, trusting relationships with our SEMH students and their families. In addition, you will form a key part of the school’s senior leadership team, and will have whole school leadership responsibilities. As well as the day to day leadership of pastoral wellbeing, the role involves supporting student behaviour, and modelling expert practice for the staff team, plus regular delivery of training around understanding behaviour and need, including zones of regulation, restorative culture and trauma awareness. Unconditional Positive Regard is at the centre of everything we do and the successful candidate must have the personal qualities and resilience to work in, and lead others in, this ethos.

You will lead on key aspects of school operation and will lead strategic threads running through the development plan. The post holder will line manage other staff, including Care Team and Teaching Assistants. As part of a team of three Care Team Leaders, you will have colleagues to collaborate with and learn from, but you will be accountable for your areas of responsibility at a senior level. Applicants should be passionate about developing their own leadership skills, as this is a high profile, senior role. There will be regular, high quality training opportunities for you to develop your own expertise, and to cascade this learning through the school, the Trust, and beyond. This is a once in a career opportunity.

About Us

Our aim is to provide the best possible care and education that we can for children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Unconditional Positive Regard is at the centre of what we do and we are creating an academy that is welcoming, caring, safe, warm and believes that all its pupils can be supported and empowered to succeed. We take pride in creating individual and personalised pathways for our students that are built around their varied needs, which will help them achieve positive outcomes and prepare them for heir onward destinations into continuing education, work or training. In order to achieve this, we have developed a curriculum that provides opportunities for academic progression as well as vocational learning, whilst being engaging, creative, and innovative.

We see strong relationships as the key to our success – with students, parents, carers and the wider community and we ensure that our academy is a welcoming safe place for children, and staff, to learn and prosper. We believe in working closely with our families and carers and welcome their support, but also realise that at times they will need our support too. We work closely with other agencies and schools to make sure we do all we can to make learning and life the best it possibly can be.

Here at Springwell, we place a huge emphasis on professional development and choose to invest significantly in staff training at all levels. This means that, although experience of working in an SEMH setting would be an advantage, specialist support and training will be provided for outstanding teachers wishing to make the career fulfilling move into special education.

Our staff are happy in their work and buy into our ethos. We work as a team here at Springwell, and staff tell us:. ‘I love Springwell and the staff, we all support each other’ and ‘I love being part of a wonderful family’

To find out more about what makes us special and our ethos, please visit our website at and follow us at @Springwell_Lds to see what our staff and amazing young people get up to on a daily basis.

If you would like to discuss or find out more about this post, please contact Lisa Ford, Vice Principal, at Springwell Leeds East, via email

The deadline for electronic submissions is 9am Wednesday 13th July

Interviews will take place 19th July.

Completed applications should be e-mailed
All applicants should complete the Equal Opportunities form. Please click link for further details

Springwell Leeds is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

All shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a self- disclosure form.
The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provides that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. Successful candidates will also be required to undergo an enhanced disclosure and barring services check.